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Jonas Balan

As one approaches the small community of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, the rhythmic sound of metal being hammered increasingly fills the air. Hundreds of artisans can be seen from the road - skillfully forming sheets of metal into what will become a decorative art piece for someone to purchase. From colorful roosters to elaborate trees and culturally themed figurines, there is a plethora of options from which visitors can choose. What is lacking, however, is the number of available opportunities for these micro-entrepreneurs to grow and expand their businesses.

 

No matter the sector, small businesses throughout Haiti often face the same challenges: difficulty reaching a broader base of consumers, lack of formal legal status, access to reliable financial services, and supply of inventory. As a result, many are unable to participate in the formal economy. Fonkoze’s Value Chain Development program is addressing these issues by providing business skills training, offering loans and promoting collaboration through,

for example, Village Savings and Loan Associations. Ultimately, the program’s goal is to establish and reinforce market linkages; strengthen economic opportunities for micro-entrepreneurs.

 

In 2018, hundreds of Fonkoze clients like metal artisan Jonas Balan (pictured left) increased their revenue due to the training and financial support they received through the program. “If you can get credit in this country, it’s a very big deal. It’s a way to move forward and an opportunity for growth. I want to be able to leave something behind for my kids to have when they get older…a house and a business,” says Jonas.

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As one approaches the small community of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, the rhythmic sound of metal being hammered increasingly fills the air. Hundreds of artisans can be seen from the road - skillfully forming sheets of metal into what will become a decorative art piece for someone to purchase. From colorful roosters to elaborate trees and culturally themed figurines, there is a plethora of options from which visitors can choose. What is lacking, however, is the number of available opportunities for these micro-entrepreneurs to grow and expand their businesses.

 

No matter the sector, small businesses throughout Haiti often face the same challenges: difficulty reaching a broader base of consumers, lack of formal legal status, access to reliable financial services, and supply of inventory. As a result, many are unable to participate in the formal economy. Fonkoze’s Value Chain Development program is addressing these issues by providing business skills training, offering loans and promoting collaboration through, for example, Village

Savings and Loan Associations. Ultimately, the program’s goal is to establish and reinforce market linkages; strengthen economic opportunities for micro-entrepreneurs.

 

In 2018, hundreds of Fonkoze clients like metal artisan Jonas Balan (pictured left) increased their revenue due to the training and financial support they received through the program. “If you can get credit in this country, it’s a very big deal. It’s a way to move forward and an opportunity for growth. I want to be able to leave something behind for my kids to have when they get older…a house and a business,” says Jonas.

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As one approaches the small community of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, the rhythmic sound of metal being hammered increasingly fills the air. Hundreds of artisans can be seen from the road - skillfully forming sheets of metal into what will become a decorative art piece for someone to purchase. From colorful roosters to elaborate trees and culturally themed figurines, there is a plethora of options from which visitors can choose. What is lacking, however, is the number of available opportunities for these micro-entrepreneurs to grow and expand their businesses. No matter the sector, small

businesses throughout Haiti often face the same challenges: difficulty reaching a broader base of consumers, lack of formal legal status, access to reliable financial services, and supply of inventory. As a result, many are unable to participate in the formal economy. Fonkoze’s Value Chain Development program is addressing these issues by providing business skills training, offering loans and promoting collaboration through, for example, Village Savings and Loan Associations. Ultimately, the program’s goal is to establish and reinforce market linkages; strengthen economic opportunities for micro-entrepreneurs.

 

In 2018, hundreds of Fonkoze clients like metal artisan Jonas Balan (pictured left) increased their revenue due to the training and financial support they received through the program. “If you can get credit in this country, it’s a very big deal. It’s a way to move forward and an opportunity for growth. I want to be able to leave something behind for my kids to have when they get older…a house and a business,” says Jonas.

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Jonas Balan

As one approaches the small community of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, the rhythmic sound of metal being hammered increasingly fills the air. Hundreds of artisans can be seen from the road - skillfully forming sheets of metal into what will become a decorative art piece for someone to purchase. From colorful roosters to elaborate trees and culturally themed figurines, there is a plethora of options from which

visitors can choose. What is lacking, however, is the number of available opportunities for these micro-entrepreneurs to grow and expand their businesses. No matter the sector, small businesses throughout Haiti often face the same challenges: difficulty reaching a broader base of consumers, lack of formal legal status, access to reliable financial services, and supply of inventory. As a result, many are unable to participate in the formal economy. Fonkoze’s Value Chain Development program is addressing these issues by providing business skills training, offering loans and promoting collaboration through, for example, Village Savings and Loan Associations. Ultimately, the program’s goal is to establish and reinforce market linkages; strengthen economic opportunities for micro-entrepreneurs.

 

In 2018, hundreds of Fonkoze clients like metal artisan Jonas Balan (pictured left) increased their revenue due to the training and financial support they received through the program. “If you can get credit in this country, it’s a very big deal. It’s a way to move forward and an opportunity for growth. I want to be able to leave something behind for my kids to have when they get older…a house and a business,” says Jonas.

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